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Joel (Rib Eye) Kleefisch Likes “Marinating” Wolves

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Photo by By Steve Emmons of USFWS, via Wikimedia Commons

This would be humorous if it was not for the fact that this guy is partially responsible for the upcoming wolf slaughter. Included in a press release from Kleefisch:

“Since being introduced back into the Wisconsin wildlife, wolves have thrived and grown to the point that their population must be managed,” said Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc). “They’re decimating deer and other game species in northern Wisconsin, and threatening house pets and even humans. A hunting season will allow for reasonable control of the population, while marinating viable and sustainable pack numbers for this majestic animal.”

Where are deer and other “game” being “decimated” in Wisconsin? Where have wolves threatened humans? The Wisconsin DNR reports that there are 1.14 million deer currently in the state AFTER the last hunting season. That does not sound like decimation to me. He is also the one who is pushing for a sandhill crane killing season after saying that they are “the rib eye of the sky.”

This is also the same person who was caught on camera voting for other Assembly members who were not present. And this guy is allowed to make laws that affect the rest of us and our wildlife?

 

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Shame on You Wisconsin!!! Anti-Wolf Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly 69 to 25

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Photo by Christian Jansky, via Wikimedia Commons

It comes as no surprise to anyone that the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the wolf kill bill AB 502/SB 411 on a 69 to 25 vote. Not one Republican voted against the bill and 11 Democrats joined them in voting to sell out our wolves. The bill now goes to Gov. Walker who I am sure is drooling in anticipation of signing it so that he can continue to appease the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and all of the other anti-wildlife special interests in Wisconsin.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/data/votes/av0686.pdf

This is a sad day in our history when the wants of a vocal minority take priority over the wishes of the majority of Wisconsin citizens, and the Native American tribes that call this state home. We can only hope that the tribes and other pro-wildlife groups are able to challenges this barbarous bill in the courts so that the proposed wolf killing fest does not become a reality.

Here is an article about the bills passage in The New York Times:

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/wisconsin-assembly-approves-wolf-hunting/

WE VOW also wishes to extend our thanks to those who had the courage to vote against this anti-science and anti-wildlife bill.

 

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Article about AB 502 Amendments in Wisconsin State Journal and Reminder of Rally Tomorrow

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Photo by Gunnar Ries Amphibol via Wikimedia Commons

The Wisconsin State Journal posted two items today about the wolf hunting bill, AB 502, that is set for a vote in the Assembly tomorrow:

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/lawmakers-seek-to-amend-bill-on-proposed-wolf-hunt/article_f8377824-6c70-11e1-9a18-001871e3ce6c.html

Letter to the Editor from a concerned citizen:

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/mailbag/stephan-bruns-allowing-wolf-hunt-takes-us-backward/article_bb7297f4-6ad9-11e1-8d9c-001871e3ce6c.html

Also, a reminder of the rally at noon tomorrow at the State Capitol in Madison. 

If you are interested in rallying against these bills there is a rally scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 by the Lady Forward Statute ( State Street entrance) at the Capitol between 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

This horrible bill is to be voted on tomorrow in the Assembly. I you haven’t already contact your representatives to speak out against this bill. Here is what WE VOW sent every representative today:

Dear Representative,

This letter is written on behalf of a new organization, Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic- Vote Our Wildlife, that is organizing to give the majority of non-hunting citizens a voice that we previously never had. We are hearing from outraged citizens from Wisconsin and across the world about AB 502 and the provisions contained within. Many of those citizens are also speaking of boycotting Wisconsin tourism and products if this horrendous bill passes. The below petitions have almost 14,000 people who are speaking out about this bill:

http://www.causes.com/causes/653874-wisconsin-wolves-stop-senate-bill-411-to-run-dogs-at-night-and-kill-wolves

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/no-wolf-hunting-in-wisconsin/?cid=FB_TAF

The brutal provisions in the bill aside, this makes Wisconsin look horrible in the eyes of the country and the world. To allow for the hunting of an animal that was considered endangered just a month and a half ago through the use of dog packs, at night, with bait, with electronic calls, trapping, killing pregnant females, over four and a half months looks like Wisconsin is declaring war on this majestic animal. This bill is shameful and should be voted down.

Our new organization Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife (Wisconsin WE VOW) http://wiwildlifeethic.org/ will be keeping track of who does and does not vote for this bill. Our goal is to bring a voice to the silent majority who have been shut out of the decision making process concerning our wildlife. We are the majority, and we will vote for our wildlife.

Thank you for your consideration,

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife
http://wiwildlifeethic.org/

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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**UREGNT Please Contact Regarding Wolf Kill Bill AB 502 **URGENT

**URGENT** List of Assembly Contacts **URGENT**
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Photo by Derek Bakken from Minneapolis, MN (Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)) via Wikimedia Commons
Petition to sign against this bill:
This is a list of all Wisconsin Representatives and their email address. You can copy and paste these addresses into the “To” portion of your email program.

Rep.August@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Ballweg@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Barca@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Berceau@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.BernardSchaber@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Bernier@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Bewley@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Bies@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Billings@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Brooks@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Clark@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Coggs@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Craig@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Cullen@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Danou@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Doyle@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Endsley@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Farrow@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Fields@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Fitzgerald@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Grigsby@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Hebl@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Honadel@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Hulsey@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Jacque@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Jorgensen@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Kapenga@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Kaufert@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Kerkman@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Kessler@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Kestell@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Klenke@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Knodl@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Kramer@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Krug@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Krusick@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Kuglitsch@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.LeMahieu@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Litjens@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Mason@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Marklein@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Meyer@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Milroy@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Molepske@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Mursau@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Murtha@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Nass@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Nerison@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Nygren@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Ott@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.OttJ@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Pasch@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Petersen@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Petryk@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Pocan@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Pope-Roberts@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Pridemore@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Radcliffe@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Richards@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Ringhand@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Rivard@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Roys@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Seidel@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Severson@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Sinicki@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Spanbauer@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Staskunas@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Steinbrink@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Steineke@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Stone@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Strachota@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Suder@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Tauchen@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Toles@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Tranel@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Turner@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.VanRoy@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Vruwink@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Weininger@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.WilliamsM@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Wynn@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Young@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Zama@legis.wisconsin.gov,Rep.Zepnick@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Ziegelbauer@legis.wisconsin.gov,patrick.fuller@legis.wisconsin.gov

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Statement from Patricia Randolph (Madravenspeak) and Sample Letter Against AB 502

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Photo by Gary Kramer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

ACT NOW – the final assembly vote is Tuesday, March 13
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE OUR WOLVES!

Whether you have expressed outrage at AB502 and its all out torture, packs of dogs 24/7, trapping, shining and murder of an endangered species (endangered 700-800 when delisted Jan. 27 and more endangered today), or not,- NOW is the time to raise a statewide HOWL to all reps that we are the people and we want them to respect the Wildlife Public Trust Doctrine – that all wildlife are held in protection for all citizens – and TRASH THIS BILL AB502.

Amendments should be made to rid the bill of night hunting, dogs, and trapping – but it should be voted against in its entirety regardless of amendments.

The “predation” natural to wolves (85 cattle all year confirmed while humans predate on 3.4 million cattle in Wisconsin annually) – is concentrated on 1/10th of wolf territory, most of it by a few packs in the northwestern part of the state (6% of wolf territory). Adrian Treves of the Nelson Institute has done surveys showing 91% accuracy in determining the FEW packs that are likely to prey on livestock (like we do abundantly)….91% accuracy is amazing!

The DNR has the ability to target those few packs and leave this iconic species in prime wolf habitat helping control CWD and keeping balance in our imbalanced world. The wolves are sacred to the Indian tribes who came out against this ant-scientific ruthless trophy wolf hating bill.

As Adrian Treves found in his extensive surveys of hunters, there is nothing of “stewardship” in attitudes toward wolves – and after 15 years of dealing with hunters and trappers, I can vouch there is nothing of stewardship in hunting and trapping our wildlife at all.

Join us at our new website and sign up by county for alerts….donate at the level you want, if you can help defray expenses. Thank you.

Patricia Randolph
State Journalist
Madravenspeak living wildlife columnist/Capital Times online newspaper
Wisconsin Willdife Ethic – Vote Our Wildlife ( WE VOW – http://www.wiwildlifeethic.org )

Please copy and paste the below sample letter, and send to your state representative.

 Dear Representative_______,

As your constituent, I wish to express my concern over the Wolf Hunt bill, AB 502, coming up next Tuesday for an Assembly vote. At both the assembly and senate committee hearings, testimony was given by of our state’s wolf biologists and wildlife experts, who provided constructive guidance on how a sustainable wolf hunt could be appropriately conducted, yet their recommendations have yet to be adopted as Amendments to AB 502.

I’ve spoken to many family members, friends and neighbors about this bill since its introduction and I can tell you that people are extremely concerned and disheartened by the legislature’s conduct. It is my hope is that you will either oppose AB 502 or advance an Amendment to limit the scope of the Wolf Hunt to ONLY those specific areas of the state that are experiencing wolf livestock depredations on private property—areas already identified by DNR field biologists and other wildlife experts, see, for example, http://nelson.wisc.edu/people/treves/brandnew/sb411_testimony.pdf.

Also, I’d ask that you lend your support at the time of the Assembly vote to Amendments that seek to eliminate night hunting, bar the use of dogs to hunt wolves, and limit the length of the hunt, which, as it currently stands, will interfere both with the wolf breeding season and the DNR’s survey capabilities.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of my concerns.

Sincerely,

 

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Democrats Add Amendments to Wolf Kill Bill

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Public photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Assembly Democrats have added five common sense amendments to AB 502. The first four amendments seek to eliminate hunting wolves with dogs, over night, shorten the season, and limit bear hounder reimbursement for hunting dogs killed by wolves. These amendments were brought forth by Reps. Clark, Molepske Jr., Hulsey, Mason, and Danou. These are common sense measures that should be adopted. Unfortunately, this will be an uphill battle because of the anti-wolf sentiments among many in the Assembly.

Here is a list of the proceedings and amendments: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/proposals/sb411

The fifth amendment was authored by Rep. Christine Siniki. She gets it. Here is what the amendment states:

March 6, 2012 – Offered by Representative Sinicki.
At the locations indicated, amend the bill as follows:
Page 8, line 10: after that line insert:
“Use of meat. A person who harvests a wolf by use of a firearm shall ensure
that the meat from the wolf is eaten.”.

Rep Siniki understands that this bill is only a trophy hunt and nothing more. Please call her office and thank her for putting this witty amendment forward.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=assembly&district=20

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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